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Hall of Fame: Eye Shadow Primers

Where were these back in the day when I was younger? I’ve suffered my share of bad eye looks from creasing between the time I left the house in the morning to walking into work. Using a primer under shadow helps your eye makeup last all day and/or night ensuring that your makeup looks more polished and professional. I’ll never be without one. Below are my fail-safe favorites. Urban Decay

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Hall of Fame: Eye Creams

The eye creams I’ve included here in my Hall of Fame focus on anti-aging meaning that they deliver some form or forms of active, anti-aging ingredients aside from mere hydration. I’ve been testing more affordable eye creams as of late and will include some of them in an upcoming post but none to date deliver the results of the following eye creams that come at a higher price. I will

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Pharmacy: Vancouver BC

I’ve been traveling to Vancouver, BC for decades. It’s one of my favorite cities to visit. While my main objective is usually to visit friends, explore the city and surrounding area, eat good food, and hit the shops on Robson Street, a beauty run to the nearest pharmacy is always on the list. It goes without saying that there are numerous skincare and makeup brands available in Canada that one

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My 10 Best Beauty Discoveries of 2018

Garden of Wisdom Skincare – In the same vein as The Ordinary and Indeed Labs, Garden of Wisdom offers active ingredient skincare at a very affordable price. These brands (including The INKEY List) are the disrupters in the overpriced, overpackaged, highly marketed beauty industry that we’ve known for decades. I’m excited about the products and thrilled to support the brands. The INKEY List – This no-faff budget skincare line was

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Makeup Favorites: January 2019

2019 is the year of my low-buy as I focus on using up products that I own before I buy new ones. My current makeup routine here includes a few things I purchased last year as well as some old favorites that I need to use up before they expire. e.l.f Beauty Shield Primer + SPF – I didn’t care for this primer at first but then I learned to

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Haircare Graveyard

THE GRAVEYARD.  I probably spend more money resulting in the most disappointment on haircare than any other beauty product.  I update this post regularly.  To the rundown: THE WINNERS.Haircare products that I loved and will/have repurchase(d). The Caviar line is excellent, and I love the smell of Klorane dry shampoo. Few shampoos for color treated hair truly protect my color.  Color Proof is one as is this from Biolage.  Mane

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Pharmacy: Victoria Health

Recently, I discovered the online pharmacy, Victoria Health.  This London-based retailer is a treasure trove for vitamins, supplements, affordable skincare with high concentrations of active ingredients, as well as organic and natural health and beauty products.  They offer expedient international shipping for a nominal fee.  I placed an order to try out some things.  The Ameliorate body care products are a dream.  I can’t get enough of ultra-hydrating skincare and this

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Makeup Favorites: November 2018

I’m putting myself on a “low-buy” for the next six months when it comes to makeup so I can use up what I have before I buy anything new.  For the most part, I’ve been sticking to one routine a month in order to make a real effort to use up makeup that I own and not waste it.  This routine is my current mainstay.  Tarte Rainforest of the Sea

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My Sephora VIB Sale Recommendations

Sephora has two sales a year for their loyalty club customers (Beauty Insiders and VIB’s), one in the spring and one in the fall.  VIB and VIB Rouge receive a 20% discount and Beauty Insiders receive a 15% discount.  Loyalty customers know which category they are in based on how much they spend throughout the year.  If you are new to the program, you can still sign up online and

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Hall of Fame: Vitamin C Serums

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and when used in skincare offers a multitude of benefits.  It brightens and boosts the production of collagen.  It also fights free radicals caused by UV exposure and pollution.  Incorporating Vitamin C into your daily skincare routine works to prevent hyperpigmentation leaving skin brighter, and firmer with a more even skin tone.   I use a Vitamin C serum nearly every day.  These are

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